Welcome to Carleton and your Bachelor of International Business Degree Program

First Year Course Selection Guide

Please read this degree guide prior to registering.

The Bachelor of International Business degree is an Honours degree requiring 20.0 credits, normally completed in four years, with 5.0 credits per year.

Please Note: All of your first year courses are core courses. Regardless of the concentration you have/want to declare, you will take these 3.0 credits of Major courses + 2.0 credits of language courses.

Your Advisor

Through all the years ahead, you may need academic and non-academic help and advice. The Sprott School of Business has advisors for BIB students who are happy to help you.

See the Sprott website for important registration tips.

You may request further information or assistance at bib@sprott.carleton.ca.

Language requirement

You must select one of French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, or Spanish as the language of study. The intent of the language study and the year abroad is to give students skills and fluency in a new language and culture. If you are already significantly competent in a language, you are not permitted to select that language for study in the BIB.

You must choose another language if: a) your first choice is oversubscribed or b) your competence (as determined by placement testing or the instructor’s evaluation) is above this starting point in that language: FREN 2100, GERM 3110, JAPA 3010, SPAN 3110, CHIN 3010.

Language Placement Testing: Placement testing is only for students who already have some experience in that language. If you are a beginner in the language, do not take a placement test. The exception to this is French: All students taking French at Carleton for the first time have to take the placement test. 

All language courses have a compulsory attendance and participation component. You should also expect to practice your language skills on a consistent and regular basis, both inside and outside the classroom.

Language courses

The courses indicated below are intensive language courses. Please take a 1.0 credit Intensive section in the Fall, followed by another 1.0 credit Intensive section in the Winter. Do not register into a section that goes all year (except if you’re placed at upper-level FREN 2100).

GERM 1110 [1.0 credit] Fall (Beginner level)
GERM 2110 [1.0 credit] Winter

JAPA 1110 [1.0 credit] Fall (Beginner level)
JAPA 2110 [1.0 credit] Winter

CHIN 1110 [1.0 credit] Fall (Beginner level)
CHIN 2110 [1.0 credit] Winter

SPAN 1110 [1.0 credit] Fall (Beginner level)
SPAN 2110 [1.0 credit] Winter

French (placement testing will determine your FREN starting level*). Do not register in FINS:
FREN 1001* [1.0 credit] Fall (Beginner level)
FREN 1002 [1.0 credit] Winter
FREN 1002* [1.0 credit] Fall
FREN 1100 [1.0 credit] Winter
FREN 1100* [1.0 credit] Fall
FREN 2100 [1.0 credit] Winter
FREN 2100* [1.0 credit] Fall/Winter (full year course)
FREN 2401  [1.0 credit] Fall/Winter (full year course) or FREN 2202 [0.5 credit] and FREN 2203 [0.5 credit] (one in Fall, one in Winter)
(Permission of French Department required: Submit Override Requests when registering)

Your First Year Courses
Fall Term Winter Term
Language course [1.0 credit]

See list of language courses

Language course [1.0 credit]

See list of language courses

Introduction to International Business

BUSI 1701 [0.5 credit]

Calculus: with Applications to Business and Economics

MATH 1009 [0.5 credit]

Financial Accounting for Business Students

BUSI 1004 [0.5 credit]

Managerial Accounting for Business Students

BUSI 1005 [0.5 credit]

Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics

ECON 1001 [0.5 credit]

Introduction to Economics: Macroeconomics

ECON 1002 [0.5 credit]

Please plot the courses (and tutorials) onto your timetable in this order: Language courses first, then MATH, then BUSI, and finally, ECON. Compose both your fall and winter timetable, and register into both. See the Sprott website for important registration tips.

Your Degree, Your Future

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